Selecting a teacher
Don’t be afraid to ask your prospective teacher questions before you take his or her class, such as:
- Are they registered with Yoga Alliance? A Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) designation is a symbol of experience, dedication and commitment on the part of your yoga teacher.
- Who did they train with, and for how long? Training as a yoga teacher takes time and effort. Find out how your teacher obtained his or her training. Ask about training schools or programs completed and who their primary teachers have been.
- Do they have any specialized training? If you have special needs or a particular health condition, you will want to find a teacher trained to work with your needs. Specialized training can include, but is not limited to, prenatal yoga, seniors’ yoga, yoga for children and yoga for persons with disabilities.
- Do they practice yoga regularly? A dedicated teacher practices regularly if not daily.
- Are they continuing to study and train? The study of yoga is a lifelong practice. It is important that teachers deepen their knowledge of yoga with additional training, workshops and classes. Yoga Alliance requires teachers to complete such continuing education in order to remain registered.